October 16, 2007

Austinites Lead Charge for Open iPhone

A current Business Week article notes the growing pressure to open the iPhone. William Hurley loves his iPhone. But he'd love it even more if he could write software for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:33 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 06, 2007

Music Industry Self-Immolation

I'm working from home today. Earlier in the week, I got a wild hair to buy a pile of CDs from Amazon. I've done that a couple of times since... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:54 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Technology
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November 15, 2006

So Long to the AMD PIC

I'm sorry to see that AMD has abandoned the PIC—the Personal Internet Communicator. It's an appliance computer: just add keyboard, display, and network and you have a nice Internet... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:29 PM to: Technology
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August 21, 2006

Patent Troll Forgent threatened with Delisting

According to the Austin Business Journal, local company Forgent Networks has been threatened with delisting from the NASDAQ. Forgent's main product is lawsuits: threatening people who use standard JPEG image... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:35 PM to: Austin, Technology
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July 29, 2006

High Def Discs are Dead on Arrival

Last night, while stumbling around Fry's, I noticed they have a small HD-DVD section. I was not a fan of the format to begin with. Now, I'm even less so.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:09 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Technology
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July 23, 2006

Chinacat Upgrade

I did an emergency system upgrade of chinacat, my main workstation (Ubuntu Linux 6.06 Dapper Drake) this weekend. Where "emergency" means I was so pressed that I drove down to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:21 AM to: Technology
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April 30, 2006

A Visit to Austin Computer Stores

"[H] Consumer" has an interesting article on the computer buying experience at various national electronics stores. It's especially interesting in that the visits happened here in Austin. The article on... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:07 PM to: Austin, Technology
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July 25, 2005

nsupdate Bad for Embedded Applications

Last month, I switched my network gateway from a cast-off PC running Linux to a Linksys WRT54G router—also running Linux. Yes, these devices actually run Linux. I'm using the OpenWRT... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:46 PM to: Linux, Technology
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April 27, 2005

DVD Info Sites

I've been thinking of getting a recordable DVD drive for my workstation. This can be a confusing topic for a couple of reasons. Unlike CD recorders, there are a variety... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:28 PM to: Technology
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April 15, 2005

USB Drives Compared

Have you ever walked down the aisles of Fry's, scanning over the myriad of USB memory devices, confusedly wondering which to choose? Ars Technica has just published a very thorough... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:41 PM to: Technology
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December 19, 2004

My Sister, the Early Adopter

Early this year, I wrote about my admiration for the Firefox web browser. That's an increasingly popular position. There is a growing number of Firefox supporters these days, ranging from... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:44 PM to: Technology
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September 04, 2004

Laptop Waste

Some people are surprised to learn that wiener, my trusty old Inspiron 7000 laptop, runs on electricity, not coal. Amazing, but true. Even more amazing, until recently, it was running... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:34 AM to: Austin, Technology
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June 28, 2004

Quiz II Answers

Here are my answers to the Windows Desktop and Controls quiz.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:34 PM to: Technology
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June 21, 2004

Pop Quiz II: Desktop and Controls

Here is the second set of review questions for my Introduction to Computers students. The test is open book: you can use your notes. (You have been taking notes, haven't... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:40 PM to: Technology
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June 17, 2004

Quiz I Answers

Here are my answers to the Keyboard and Mouse quiz.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:53 PM to: Technology
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June 16, 2004

Pop Quiz I: Keyboard and Mouse

Here are some review questions for my students in the Introduction to Computers class I am teaching.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:58 PM to: Technology
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June 14, 2004

Resources for Keyboard and Mouse Practice

Over the next few weeks I'll be teaching an Introduction to Computers class at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center. We'll cover Internet skills and basic office applications. But first things... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:55 PM to: Technology
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June 03, 2004

ISO Good Windows Support Person

A friend's mother suspects her computer has been badly infected by malware. She's tried to get it cleaned up, but believes expert assistance is required. So, she's in search of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:43 PM to: Austin, Technology
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May 26, 2004

Promote Wireless for Underserved Communities

Today, I appeared before the Austin City Council Committee for Telecommunications Infrastructure to promote wireless technology. That's a topic that's received significant attention around Austin. The Council Committee directed the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:24 PM to: Austin, Technology
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May 18, 2004

Public Wireless Netiquette

I'm currently sitting in the Green Mesquite sipping on an ice tea. I've got three hours until my next appointment. Rather than go back home to work, I'm going to... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:58 PM to: Technology
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April 28, 2004

Fresh Air and Wi-Fi

I'm currently sitting in the Council Committee for Telecommunications Infrastructure meeting. Jay Stone of Austin Parks and Recreation Department just announced that the city, in cooperation with a number of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:09 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 27, 2004

Wireless Shenanigans at the Hideout

Up until now, it's been a frustrating afternoon here at The Hideout. I was sitting in the back trying to use my laptop to do some work online. Wireless connectivity... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:40 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 15, 2004

Cool Tools Community Goes Live

Link: Cool Tools for Change Community Forum. Last month, the LBJ School sponsored a Cool Tools for Change workshop. This workshop brought together people from the technology and non-profit sectors,... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:59 PM to: Austin, Technology
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April 14, 2004

Wireless Etiquette in Meetings

The Austin Municipal Building has been lit up, so tonight was the first Telecommunications Commission meeting where I had wireless Internet access. At tonight's meeting we had a number of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:28 PM to: Technology
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March 16, 2004

SXSW: Wireless Heresy!

For the final panel of SXSW I had a choice: "Wireless and Grassroots Innovation" or "Next Generation Broadband." I choose the latter. I'm very glad I did, because it served... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:16 PM to: Technology
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SXSW: Next Generation Broadband (Session Notes)

I sat next to a power outlet for the Next Generation Broadband panel, so I was able to record notes for the session. Here they are—without comment or proofreading:... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:44 PM to: Technology
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March 13, 2004

SXSW: The $85 Blog Entry

The sickly batteries in my aged Dell Inspiron laptop won't hold much more than fourty-five minutes charge these days. I brought it with me to SXSW, thinking maybe I could... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:10 PM to: Austin, Technology
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February 11, 2004

Firefox is One Foxy Browser

I've started using the Mozilla Firefox web browser. I had tried the predecessor Firebird browser, but I didn't like it enough to make the move. I think I'm ready now.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:20 AM to: Technology
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January 29, 2004

Disposable DVDs are Dumped

If you shop at H-E-B (and if you're a Texan, you probably do) you may have noticed the EZ-Ds (link to Flashturbated website omitted) display at the checkout. These are... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:17 PM to: Austin, Technology
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December 20, 2003

CD and DVD Tutorials

Links: Optical Drives & Recording Formats and Burning CDs and DVDs. I thought this pair of articles was a great overview of the current state of optical storage technology. If... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:52 PM to: Technology
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December 10, 2003

Open Source for Community Networks

Link: Community Building with Open Source Software Monday, I participated in a panel at the Sixth Annual National Community Network Conference called "Open Source Software: Choices and Considerations." I did... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:36 AM to: Technology
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November 21, 2003

Bye Bye, Ma Bell

I just phoned SBC and asked them to terminate my phone service. Come Monday, I will be without wired phone service. Between cable Internet and cellular phone, it just wasn't... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:16 PM to: My Happy Life, Spam, Technology
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October 15, 2003

I'm Ready for my Cam Closeup

I've been researching USB cams for Linux. I've got a spiffy webcam running now, but a little head scratching and hair pulling occurred along the way. I thought I'd document... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:07 PM to: Technology
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September 19, 2003

Happy Unwiring Day

Today is the day I finally cast off my Ethernet cables. I got wireless networking running on wiener. Wiener is an old Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop. It dual-boots Windows 98... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:04 PM to: Technology
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July 22, 2003

Buymusic to Linux Users: Get Lost

Link: BuyMusic.com selling songs to Windows customers. (LA Times via sunspot.net) A new downloadable music service has appeared on the net. Their motto is Get Loaded, but for Linux users... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:01 PM to: Technology
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June 22, 2003

Linux 1S 0WNZ3R3D

Link: scoirc.txt. You may have heard that SCO (nee Caldera) and IBM are in a small legal kerfuffle over Linux. Unless you've been following closely, you probably find all the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:17 PM to: It Amuses Me, Technology
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June 17, 2003

Weirdest Bug in Human History

Get out your rubber chicken and mojo hand. I have just discovered the weirdest, most mysterious bug ever encountered. I signed off on my broadband installation yesterday morning, but later... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:06 PM to: My Happy Life, Technology
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May 30, 2003

Modify This, Suckah

Last night, the EFF-Austin gang did a little dog-n-pony show for The Robot Group. We presented some highlights (and lowlights) of our work with the Texas legislature this session. Our... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:31 PM to: Austin, Technology
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Signs of Recovery

This week I saw the first positive sign that relief from this recession may be ahead. I didn't find it on CNBC or the Wall Street Journal. I saw it... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:54 PM to: Current Events, Technology
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